|Jerome, always uphill or downhill|
Confession #1…I don’t enjoy doing research for a new book. Many times, I’ll have only a vague knowledge of my setting, time period, and character backgrounds when I dive into that first chapter. At some point, I’ll be stopped by my lack of information, and I’ll be forced to Google or send an email to someone to obtain the facts I need.
Confession #2…The settings for my books are generally
somewhat accurate, but I take great liberties if need be. I’ve normally been to
the city or mountain or country and know enough to make it come to life for the
reader. I’ve never been too concerned because I “see” the scenery the way I
want to portray it.
|Some ruins are put to use|
Confession #3…It’s not really a confession at all, but an epiphany. Research can be fun. The setting for my next book is a short two hours away and a town I’ve long been in love with. I don’t know why this story didn’t call to me sooner. The research this time around has me excited.
|Imagine the ladies beckoning|
Jerome, Arizona was a mining town that got rolling in the 1880s. The Jerome family, related to Winston Churchill’s mother, invested in the mines. The town grew, hanging precariously to the side of Cleopatra Hill in the Black Hills. By the 1920s, the population had reached 15,000. There were more prostitutes per capita than any other city. It was truly the wild west and as colorful as a town can get. The stock market crashed in 1929, and by 1955 the population was less than 100. In the late 1960’s, the hippies converged on the town and it became one of those destinations like Haight Ashbury and Taos. Over the decades, there have
been numerous fires, sliding buildings, and political
wrangling. Today, with a population of just under 500, a handful of the original
hippies remain in a hard to get to area of the town. Many accounts of the town’s
rebirth thank them for the artsy community it is now and for keeping the town
in its original form.
|Stairs are the quick route from street to street|
As a lover of western culture and a wannabe hippie (I toyed with the lifestyle a little), I’m having a high time (excuse the pun) researching Jerome.
Until I get the Jerome stories down on paper, I hope you’ll read my current series mostly set in north and north central Arizona. The first four books in the Love and Murder Series are available. Book five will launch early next year. Amazon Author Page